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Dream Watching – Gert-Jan Akerboom (NL)
Drawings and Murals

Exhibition duration: July 8 - August 31, 2009

Open Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, 3 - 7 pm, and by appointment.

Exhibition venue: Kunstraum Richard Sorge, Landsberger Allee 54, 10249 Berlin-Friedrichshain

Kunstraum Richard Sorge is proud to present the first large overview in Germany of Dutch artist Gert-Jan Akerboom’s ink drawings on paper. The artist executed several large murals, turning the presentation into an immersive experience.

Eschewing easily interpretable statements in his work, Gert-Jan Akerboom prefers ambiguous signals, dreamlike in nature; they can be interpreted in myriad ways, none of them right or wrong. His drawings take their energy from this unfixed, shifting view of reality, synthesizing precise observation and associative speculation about alternative possibilities.

Akerboom’s drawings are filled with the objects and themes that trigger his “dreamwatching” state of mind: Architecture, archeology, ruins, mystic or religious sites and ritual. Collaging the possibilities and impossibilities of these inspirations, wedding them with fragments of popular culture, like Manga, computer graphics, photography and Street-art, the artist lets us witness candid, highly obsessive, painstakingly precise results that are proof of an unique sensibility and imagination.

Noted London based curator Ken Pratt has spoken of Akerboom's "deftness of skill":
“What Akerboom chooses to highlight –or place in shadow- with this most traditional of artistic crafts often makes a dramatic difference to what we actually see. What, in effect, could be fairly straightforward scenes are transformed into strange vistas with distorted perspective and areas of against-the-grain light and shade that change the normal into the mystical and ritualistic.”


April 29 - May 29 2009:
Strich & Faden II

This international exhibition series offers subversive travesties of craft and folklore and works that thematize Heimat (heritage), gender & identity in innovative or humorous ways.

Proudly featuring (a.o.)

Peeter Allik - Estonia (linocut/lithoprint)

Walter Bruno Brix - Germany (embroidery)

Ulrich Diezmann - Germany (painting)

Rinaldo Hopf - Germany (painting)

Severija Incirauskaite-Kriauneviciene - Lithuania (embroidery on scrap metal)

Garth Johnson - U.S.A. (recycled collector's plates)

Ai Kijima - U.S.A. (quilted collage)

Charles Krafft - U.S.A. (salt dough/ceramics)

Nava Lubelski - U.S.A. (embroidery)

Natasza Niedziolka - Germany (painting(objects)

David Rios Ferreira - U.S.A. (gouache painting)

Schalalala / Knitting Circle - Germany (knitting/social sculpture/net-art)

Hunter Stabler - U.S.A. (paper cutting)

Tulip Enterprises - Netherlands/Germany (over painted vintage porcelain)

Georg Weise - Germany (painting)

The folksy German expression "nach Strich und Faden" means to do something thoroughly, with great artistry and precision, or according to the rules of an art or craft. In contemporary language the term has gained connotations of trickery, deceit and travesty: our belief in authenticity has gone. Travesty (in the sense of deceit and role playing) is a device present in many works in this show, either as an artistic attitude, or as a subject matter. The participating artists use it to subvert both the traditions of Art & Crafts and our expectations of art. While often humorous, works like these nonetheless make serious and inspired, often subtly political statements.

This new edition of Strich und Faden presents many outstanding representatives of the thriving US-american crafts-inspired art scene - some of which are shown in Germany (or Europe) for the first time - and presents them alongside their (Eastern) European colleagues. Strich und Faden II goes beyond ironic crafting, also incorporating conceptual and neo-traditional works on folklore, personal mythology and regionalism.

Opening reception: April 29, 2009, 7 - 11 pm
Closing reception: June 20, 2009, 7 pm
Open: April 29 - June 20, 2009
Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, 3 - 7 pm,
and by appointment.


Lunar New Years Reception

The galleries and curators located in the Old Brewery cordially invite you to a New Years Reception on Monday, 26 January 2009 from 6 pm.

Kollektiv Berlin
Kunstraum Richard Sorge
Galerie Mitshu
STYX Project Space

There will be entertainment and art, including: paintings by Brendan Flanagan, Pete Wheeler and Nick Dewar, videos by Marco Giani, drawings by Madeline Stillwell, collages by Kinya Hanada (Mumbleboy).


Berlin Strich & Faden Art Show Presents a Humorous Look at Regionalism

The Strich und Faden group show offers subversive travesties of folk art and folklore; documentations of contemporary tribal fashion codes; and works that thematize "Heimat" (regionalism), gender, identity and sexuality.

Artists: Ari Versluis & Ellie Uyttenbroek/Exactitudes (Netherlands), Astrid Küver (Germany), Betty Stürmer (Germany), Cross stitch ninja (Sweden), Jn.Ulrick Désert (Germany/USA), Johanna Schweizer (Netherlands), Kathrin Schädlich (Portugal), Mumbreeze (Kinya and Karo Hanada) (USA), René Schmalschläger (Netherlands), Sharon Pazner (Israel).

September 3th till October 8th 2008.

Opening reception: September 3th, 2008, 7 - 11 pm

Closing reception: October 8th, 7 pm

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